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A very good friend of mine send me this. Enjoy, or… cry!

Just an aside: So I’m not the only one… 🙂

PhD resolutions

Before joining PhD:

* I didn’t get a seat in medical entrance, so I wanna show every one that I can cure cancer!.. huh!…..
* I want to win the Nobel Prize.
* I want to win the Turing Award.

First year of PhD:

* I want to finish my PhD in two years.
* I want to publish papers only in cell, nature and science and present them in international conferences.
* I want to make ground-breaking research.
* I want to win the best PhD Thesis award.

Second year of PhD:

* I want to finish my PhD in 5 years.
* I want a problem to start with, something exciting for me…..
* Shall I change my advisor ??
* Why don’t my lab mates smile at me ?

Third year of PhD:

* I just want a paper; I don’t care in which journal.
* Shall I change my topic?
* I want to be known as Dr. XYZ, that’s all !

Fourth year of PhD:

* I want to finish my PhD!
* My industry-friends have two children by now. When will I get married?
* My friends earn lots of money, I still borrow money from my parents and my room-mate for paying my bills….

Fifth year of PhD:

* Why did I come here?
* Why did I choose this advisor?
* Why did I choose this topic?
* Why did I choose to do a PhD???

Sixth year of PhD:

* Someone give me a degree!!…. I beg you, please…..
* I want to leave this place — for ever.
* Let me leave…… I will never return in my life time…

Seventh year of PhD:

* People call me uncle.
* She waited and finally married someone else.
* I don’t want any degree. I just want to live peacefully.. .

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I received from my Azerbaidjani colleagues the following mail:

“Dear All,

Today January 20th, is the solemn Inauguration day in one part of the world… But on the other side of our little blue planet, Azerbaijani nation is commemorating the tragic day of its history. This January is the 19th anniversary from the Soviet’s intervention in Azerbaijan’s capital Baku on January 20th, 1990, massacring innocent people for nothing. We send you a little piece of a tragic history on the background of our three-colored flag. We want to share this grief and sorrow with you, dear to us community of CEU, with strong hope and belief that horror of the past will never repeat itself in the future. With kindest regards, Azerbaijani students of CEU.”

They created a .pdf file but it is too large tu be uploaded here. Anyway, you can read more about this event here and here.

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This class was held by Irving Singer at MIT (2004). There are four sessions. I didn’t find session two (I don’t now why). You can also watch session three and session four. You can watch the whole course here. Enjoy! (via Gramo)

Session one:

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Recently, I had a discussion here with a friend of mine. I held that it is perfectly coherent to publicly support basic equal rights for ethnic, racial, and sexual minorities, while still making privately jokes about their ways of life. My friend accused me of hypocrisy.

Now here’s a quote from Bhikhu Parekh:

“In most societies libel is an offense. Broadly speaking it consists in making public, untruthful damaging remarks about an individual that go beyond fair comment. Libel is an offense, not so much because it causes pain to, or offends the feelings of, the individual concerned, for the damaging and untruthful remarks made in private do not constitute libel, as because they lower him in the eyes of others, damage his social standing, and harm his reputation” (bold emphasis mine; italic emphasis in original).

[source: Bhikhu Parekh, “The Rushdie Affair: Research Agenda for Political Philosophy”, in: Will Kymlicka (ed.), The Rights of Minority Cultures, OUP, 1995, p. 314]

The legal distinction between private and public shows that there are things you can do in private, but not in public. So it is perfectly coherent to publicly support, say, the rights of gays, while still be able to have a good laugh when you hear, in private, a good joke about homosexuals. But is it also a moral thing to do both? I think so. A simple joke is something which is not serious: neither in its content, nor in its purpose. This is why a joke cannot be considered as “libel”: it does not intend harm (it does not intend to demean the social status of a gay person). We “just” joke (now we’re laughing at you as a gay, and then probably we’ll be laughing at me as a blonde). Of course, this is totally different from taking a stance in mass-media and saying that homosexuals are ill, disgusting, etc.

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Apologies

 The articles posted below (dated December 1-2, 2008) were written in the last year. They are imported from my personal blog (in Romanian).

This is why there might be some inconsistency between what some posts say and the date when they were written. Please do accept my apologies for this. Although they are not actual anymore, I thought what they say may still be interesting: this is the reason why I imported them here.

Things are a bit messy right now, because this blog was born very recently. I promise the quality of the blog will increase in time.

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Whaaaaaat? Half of Cambridge students admit that they practice plagiarism????!!!! 64 % of the Law School students already did that?!!!!! Herr Rambu must be happy now… Read the article in The Daily Telegraph, here.

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According to this study, “Grandparent Caregivers Cut Kid’s Injury Risk in Half”. A short and nice analysis of the study (written by Summer Johnsom for blog.bioethics.net) here. No news, indeed. If you don’t have grandparents, you should buy some… I know this better than anyone!

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